This volume is a condensed and somewhat more easily readable version of the case Ludemann presents in _The Resurrection of Jesus_, now apparently not in print. In each volume, he argues on textual grounds that the resurrection of Jesus was in fact not a literally historical event. Readers should be aware that as of his most recent book -- _The Great Deception: What Jesus Really Said and Did_ -- Ludemann, with admirable intellectual honesty, has declared himself to be no longer affiliated with Christianity. Nor will anyone who reads this book have any trouble seeing why. Indeed, the question will be why people who share Ludemann's beliefs continue to remain within the fold.